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Unique cosmetology school opens in Bay St. Louis

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BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

There is a new cosmetology school in Bay St. Louis that teaches students more than how to cut and style hair. Unique Transitions Training Center also teaches life skills students will need to secure sustainable employment.

In addition to cosmetology and barbering, the school will also help students with reading disabilities or those wanting to obtain a GED.

"We give them business skills to teach them how to manage their finances. So we prepare them for the business life out there," said Director-Owner Connie St. Julien-Mims. "We just don't shove them out the door."

Connie Mims has been in the cosmetology field for more than 37 years. She owned a similar beauty school in Indiana and has been director of several others. She believes picking up the trade is not enough. Students must be completely prepared for the job market.

"When you have people who can't read, if they can't overcome that, they really can't go get on a computer and type out an application. So they have to be prepared and someone has to train them. And we need someone to fill in the gap, and that's what I hope that unique transitions will be able to do," said Mims.

She said her school is a win-win for the community.

"It can provide services for the community where they can come in and get hair and cosmetics done at a low price. And it's supervised by instructors, so every hair cut that you get will be gone over by an instructor. Every hair style will be looked at carefully, and when you walk out, you will be satisfied."

The students work at their own pace and can complete graduation within nine months. The Training Center is located on Blaize Avenue in Bay St Louis. So far nine students have enrolled.

For more information about the Beauty School, contact Connie at (251) 472-5187.

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